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Gardaí probe assault on former Bishop of Kerry

Man in his 30s alleged to have punched the 79-year-old retired bishop in the face in a train carriage.


The key to child protection is education: expert

Over 5.2 million adults and children have gone through the safe environment programme in the US - Mgr Steve Rossetti.


No room for complacency on safeguarding: Primate

First national safeguarding conference hosted by the National Board marks a significant milestone on the safeguarding journey: Archbishop Eamon Martin.


Towards Peace launched in Kildare & Leighlin

Spiritual support service for survivors whose faith has been damaged by sexual abuse.


Priests must reclaim their voice on vocations: Bishop

“If we as priests don’t encourage this culture of discernment, the young men who want to become priests ... will slip through the cracks.”


Safeguarding practice continues to improve: NBSCCCI

Sixth tranche of audits reviewed 18 religious congregations and found that support for complainants of abuse was inconsistent and not good enough.


Time to rebuild trust between Church & media

"The Church and media share similar goals - to seek out the truth and highlight injustice," Archbishop Eamon Martin tells Radharc Trust awards ceremony.


NBSCCCI highly critical of Divine Word Missionaries

Reviews praise progress made in dioceses of Cloyne, Dublin, Killaloe and Meath.


Italian bishops defend decision on abuse reporting

Guidelines exempt bishops from reporting abuse cases to civil authorities.


Abuse survivors slate ACP’s ‘mistake’ euphemism

Exclusion of elderly priests from ministry because of a 'mistake' in earlier life questioned.


Archbishop affirms NBSCCCI’s work as “vital”

Former CEO accuses Church authorities of limiting NBSCCCI's role “by covert means.”


Vatican regrets UN’s observations on child abuse

Report gives no acknowledgement of safeguarding guidelines now in place.


New CEO announced for Church Safeguarding Board

Teresa Devlin will take up her new role on 1 February.


Fourth tranche of NBSCCCI audits to be published today

Six dioceses and two religious congregations reviewed.


Positive review of child safeguarding in Down and Connor

Report finds culture of safeguarding spreading across all aspects of diocese.


Reinstated Belfast priest delighted to be back in ministry

Fr Hugh Kennedy has “not been charged with any criminal offence or allegation" Bishop confirms.


Archbishop says state must expedite safeguarding norms

Tribute paid to those working in the Church’s child protection services for the “huge progress” made in safeguarding in recent years.


Remaining a Catholic after the Murphy Report

Watch talk by the author Fr Kevin Egan at IEC2012 on the struggle to claim Catholic identity at this time.


Safeguarding Review of Six Dioceses – November 2011

an Elliott, CEO of the NBSCCC, comments on the reports released by six dioceses in regard to their safeguarding practices.


Safeguarding Standards – One Church Policy and Standards

Ian Elliott, CEO of the NBSCCC, discusses how a ‘one church’ approach to safeguarding was fundamental to the development of the NBSCCC and how their ‘Standards’ document serves as the template for all church bodies in Ireland.


NBSCCCI reviews 2012 – Interview with Ian Elliott

Ian Elliott, CEO of the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland discusses the seven Safeguarding Review Reports on 5th September 2012.


Apostolic Visitation in Ireland Report

The Visitation to the Dioceses was carried out in the four Metropolitoan Sees during the first few months of 2011. The final report on these findings Summary of the Findings of the Apostolic Visitation in Ireland was released recently.


A Spirituality of Survival: Enabling a response to …

How can people who suffer abuse be enabled to survive - from the French sur vivre - to live on top of, over and above their stories of trauma and begin to flourish? - asks Barbara Glasson.


Reparation and Repentance: …

A resource to organise prayer services of reparation and repentance to atone for the crimes of clerical sex abuse. This booklet was put together by Father Kevin Scallon CM.


Beyond Crucifixion: Meditations on surviving sexual abuse

106 pp. Darton Longman and Todd Ltd. To purchase this book online go to www.dltbooks.com

THE BOOK“Not for the faint-hearted. For those who want to support survivors of abuse in practical ways, walking the Lenten journey with Beth Crisp is a great place to start. Confronting and challenging, this [...]


The Dublin/Murphy Report: A watershed …?

As it did with the Ryan Report, the Columba Press has recently produced an excellent collection of responses to the Dublin/Murphy Report. Ed. by John Littleton and Eamon Maher


A prayer for healing victims of abuse

Following the publication of the Ferns Report we offer this prayer for the use of those affected by child abuse.


Sex abuse and the burden on priests

Tony Flannery CSsR writes that the fallout from the sex abuse scandals has had a traumatic effect on priests, who feel isolated, vulnerable, and wonder who will stand up for them if they are falsely accused.


Church and children

Sr Stanislaus Kennedy on why now more than ever, in the aftermath of clerical sex abuse scandals, the Church must be the advocate of children.

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